Mobile Learning Summer University: 3rd edition lives up to expectations!

Mobile Learning Summer University: 3rd edition lives up to expectations!

Third time running! Yet another edition of the Mobile Learning Summer University ends with fully satisfied, re-energised participants! Once again this year, around forty blue-chip clients made attending this don’t-miss event organised by Teach on Mars teams a priority.

It began with a relaxed coffee at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 2 July, at the Beachcomber Hotel. New participants connected, “regulars” reconnected, and networking got under way. Then the plenary session kicked off for this third edition, which promised to be lively. A little (big!) surprise for 2019: Teach on Mars had the honour of hosting French comics artist Gabs, who followed the event closely and produced a final illustrated recap.

20 years of training

In keeping with tradition, Vincent Desnot, CEO and co-founder of Teach on Mars, inaugurated the event with fanfare in his welcome speech. How has training changed since 1999? Vincent drew a parallel between technological advances these past 20 years and advances in professional training. To sum up, the training offer must centre on learner needs and be available anywhere, anytime, blended into learning moments that don’t stand out as such. Learning is everywhere, long live learning! It’s up to us learning professionals to play with its protean potential.

vincent desnot 20 ans

Edmund Monk then took the stage. CEO of the Learning & Performance Institute, he talked about the future of training. One of the biggest challenges facing training professionals is the digital transformation. A modern, personalised, and digital training offer is the best way for companies to attract qualified newcomers and hold on to the best talents. In today’s high-intensity business environment, team commitment and performance have never been more crucial.

Supporting companies’ digital transformation

The insights continued with feedback sessions by two Teach on Mars clients, well attended by participants.

Maïté Amostegui, HR Digital Transformation Director with Parfums Christian Dior presented the broad outlines of a fabulous new digital transformation initiative under way for 10 months: the Dior Digital Addict project.

As for Saba Pradeilles, Group Learning Deployment Manager with AXA, she provided details on the success of an unprecedented worldwide project deployed with all company employees using a Teach on Mars solution: AXA Learning Games.

What makes both cases interesting is that mobile learning technology can be leveraged to facilitate important organisational transitions and support changing attitudes or practices with flexibility and innovation.

Learn outside the box

Tuesday, 2 July, 4.30 pm: After Jérôme Wargnier’s enriching exploration of the resonance between blended learning and phygital (check out our up-coming blog post for the content), the day was not quite over. It was the participants’ turn to take centre stage!

Divided into 6 teams, they plunged into a boisterous and immersive experience around a common thread: the colour RED! During an hour and a half of workshops (Mars – the red planet, Japan for its flag, red wine, clay courts, and, of course, fresh tomatoes), the teams used what they had learned during the game to solve riddles… in the application AND in reality!

The goal? To learn outside the box: alone and in groups, in a classroom or on the move, using the multiple functionalities proposed by Teach on Mars, all to make the learner’s experience key to the phygital system. The result? Exhilarated teams, multiple learning opportunities, uproarious laughter, acrobatics, tastings… all making for an unforgettable experience, the key factor in memory anchoring!

experience immersive UEML 2019

The future of training

After a sea-side dinner Tuesday night, Wednesday brought participants back to our application with a morning of workshops.

They shared successes and failures in project management, discussed tomorrow’s KPIs, and delved into real-world advances in Artificial Intelligence for teaching. Everyone had the chance to ask questions, exchange visions of the future, and take away dozens of new ideas!

A second English-speaker, David Perring, Head of Research with Fosway, brought this day of discussion and exploration to a close with a round of questions: How do new technologies change companies? What new attitudes do we need to adopt? How do we bridge the gap between data and learning? A video of David’s talk will soon be available on our blog.

This third edition of the Summer University closed on a note of humour and good plain fun. Gabs had captured the event’s most memorable moments in his drawings! Laughter and levity had the last word when participants discovered his renderings of clients, speakers, Martians—and themselves.

The Teach on Mars team warmly thanks everyone who contributed to the success of this third edition with their presence, enthusiasm, and ideas!This year will be hard to top, but we’re already challenging ourselves to do better in 2020!

Participants can access the content of talks, roundtables, and feedback sessions using the Teach on Mars application, which can be downloaded at the App Store and Google Play.

What participants had to say :

“I’ve got so many new ideas and projects in mind! A huge thank you to the entire team for all its work and dedication”

“We loved participating in this inspiring, instructive, and fun-filled Summer University”

“A big thank you for these interesting, enriching two days. Hat’s off to the organising team”

“Many thanks to the entire team. I’m taking away new practices, ideas, and challenges”

“Thank you for these two days, I learned so much from the experience… what great teamwork”

“We were thrilled with this Summer University! What an excellent experience!”

Breakfast on Mars is back in September!

Breakfast on Mars is back in September!

Teach on Mars is pleased to announce the return of our themed breakfast meetings in the autumn! On 20 September, a brand new Breakfast on Mars will be held at Le Village by CA in Paris.

Since its inception, Teach on Mars has always wanted to make the learner’s experience the focus of its endeavours. The digital world offers endless opportunities to learn with complete freedom, autonomy and mobility! But finding opportunities to come together, to exchange, and to get a real sense of each other, is essential.

This is why for several years now – with this phygital logic in mind – Teach on Mars has been offering the Live! program, which allows learning facilitators to energize their sessions, meetings and seminars. Today, Teach on Mars is taking it one step further by offering features that perfectly combine digital and face-to-face experience!
For you, as during the latest edition of the Mobile Learning Summer University, Teach on Mars is attached to illustrating how these innovations can be applied to stimulate learning.

Tiphaine Duchet, VP Operations and Yokshan Makonnen, Account Manager with Teach on Mars look forward to seeing you on September 20 from 8:30am to 10am at Le Village by CA to share with you their best practices so that you can offer your learners a captivating learning experience.

Would you like to join us for this Breakfast on Mars workshop? Register by sending us an email with your details (name, surname, position, company) to breakfast@teachonmars.com. This event is reserved for Teach on Mars prospects. If you’re already a customer and this topic is of interest, please contact your Account Manager.

Meeting with Élise Covilette, co-founder of Kokoroe

Meeting with Élise Covilette, co-founder of Kokoroe

Against a backdrop of digital transformation and accelerated obsolescence of knowledge, new Marketplace publisher Kokoroe works to combat digital disengagement. The company’s mission is to train every employee in the skills of the future.

1.To start with, what is your vision of learning and what services do you offer to the Teach on Mars ecosystem?

Through digital learning, our philosophy is about fun and entertainment based on 5 main factors:

  • Emotional design, with a relaxed tone, nods to other sources and references the general public can understand,
  • An experience inspired by the most popular streaming platforms (Deezer, Netflix),
  • Unprecedented production speed, allowing us to incorporate the latest trends,
  • A short learning format (around 30 min.), adapted to mobile and online habits,
  • Inclusive engagement: more than half our catalogue has been designed by women and we have several training courses specifically for women (on stereotypes, biases, etc.).
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We support companies in their digitisation strategies, providing off-the-shelf training (especially on innovation, soft skills and leadership), creating tailor-made training content and setting up learning lectures in blended systems.

2. Why did you decide to focus on mobile learning?

At Kokoroe, we have a strong conviction: knowledge should be accessible by everyone and for everyone, wherever we are and at any time, whether on the subway or in the office, on a lunch break or between meetings. In today’s world, mobile learning is the medium that offers the most adaptability and flexibility!

3. What do you particularly like about the Teach on Mars solution when it comes to adaptation of your mobile catalogue?

We wanted to guarantee an optimal mobile-first learning experience on all media, and particularly appreciate the variety of formats that Teach on Mars offers. It allows dynamic exploration of the subject, interspersed with regular engagement activities, for gradual and lasting assimilation.

Kokoroe app

The Teach on Mars solution also allows perfect integration of the different types of learning resources we provide, so that we can seamlessly match the habits of each learner: feature articles, quizzes and podcasts, among others.

4. Why did you want to join the Teach on Mars Marketplace?

We’re delighted to make our catalogue available on the Marketplace because we focus on an engaging, straightforward and up-to-the-minute approach to learning. Cultivating and conveying the pleasure of learning is a philosophy that we fully share with Teach on Mars!

As we support many different key account customers (Orange, Pôle Emploi, SNCF, Danone, Vinci, MGEN, Air France, etc.), we also have a shared commitment to the highest standards, linked to our experience of large-scale deployment, and the same desire to stay one step ahead of the game, in terms of both technology and content.

We’re working together on an offer of the highest quality, adapted to the challenges faced by our customers. In addition to our collection of around 40 titles already available on the Marketplace, talk to us again in the autumn to see the concrete results of some promising synergies.

In the meantime, check out Kokoroe’s collection in demo mode on the Teach on Mars app (available through the App Store and Google Play), under the Marketplace category!

A record-breaking June for off-the-shelf content in the Teach on Mars catalogue!

A record-breaking June for off-the-shelf content in the Teach on Mars catalogue!

This month, the off-the-shelf training catalogue sees the unprecedented release of more than 20 new courses on soft skills, leadership and innovation. The result is a super-stimulating Marketplace as summer approaches.

An increasingly comprehensive offer

Thanks to all of our partner publishers, we’re very proud to announce that we now have more than 150 titles and 200 hours of mobile-first off-the-shelf content, available immediately for inclusion in your own Teach on Mars portal.

So which category is top of the pops? Your Learning Station Playlist gives pride of place to the innovation and soft skills categories, widely represented in our new releases of the month, but closely followed by those dedicated to human resources, management and sales & customer relations!

New releases for improved learner engagement

This month, some twenty up-to-the-minute new releases are yours to explore, mainly produced by publisher Kokoroe, who we featured last month.

Firstly, in terms of management courses, users can now learn how to:

  • Establish their position and motivate others as new managers (with SkillsDay),
  • Learn the ABC of participative management (with Kokoroe),
  • Develop leadership (with Kokoroe),
  • Learn how to make the right decisions (with Kokoroe).

Professional effectiveness has also been catered for, with three additions to this category:

  • Effectiveness at work is now! (by SkillsDay),
  • Organisation and tools for effectiveness at work (by Kokoroe),
  • Manage your time and priorities (by Kokoroe).
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Kokoroe conquers the Marketplace!

With its entertaining tone, short videos and varied resources, Kokoroe also teaches learners how to brush up on soft skills. The publisher invites your employees to further their self-development with the following titles:

  • Overcome fear of failure,
  • Dare to be yourself,
  • Get out of your comfort zone,
  • Understand how to manage stress.

And last but not least, whether it’s to better understand it, cultivate or benefit from it, this new collection should inspire learners curious about innovation in the following areas:

  • Technological innovation:
  • UX: decoding a new key skill,
  • Understanding the impact of artificial intelligence,
  • Going beyond commonplace computer code,
  • Creative innovation courses include adopting design thinking, generating ideas, and maintaining collective creativity,
  • Marketing innovation titles focus on LinkedIn (starting on the right foot), customer experience in a time of disruption, and emotional marketing.

To learn more about this publisher’s philosophy, read the feature we wrote on them at the launch of their collection, which will consist of just under 40 titles by next month.

Bespoke, off-the-shelf or content curation? Constructing a chart-topping digital learning offer!

Bespoke, off-the-shelf or content curation? Constructing a chart-topping digital learning offer!

At the second edition of the Mobile Learning Summer University, Stephen Walsh, co-founder and CEO of Anders Pink was there to lead the panel discussion “Bespoke, off-the-shelf or content curation? Constructing a chart-topping digital learning offer!” Stephen presented the learning formats that allow content curation and their potential features. Find out more in the verbatim account of his talk that follows.

 

Opportunities and challenges in the learning market

 

How has the learning industry evolved over time? What challenges and opportunities can we expect as professionals in the industry?
A recent study by Josh Bersin traces the last 25 years of our industry and very much reflects my personal journey in the world of e-learning.

 

 

In the mid-90s, when e-learning was born, what we mainly did was build courses, regardless of the requirement. For a long time, e-learning was based on an academic and university approach. Courses and assessments were uploaded onto LMS platforms without the inclusion of any multimedia content at all. At that time, before YouTube, videos were expensive, bandwidth was usually insufficient and smartphones didn’t really exist yet. Developments in our industry made us realise that we had to leave academic learning behind and adopt a blended learning approach. Blended learning consists of combining conventional courses with other methods of learning. But it’s also about using learning management systems (LMS) for strategic management, and not only for the inclusion of e-learning.
It was only from 2010 onwards that everything changed. With smartphones, we now had a hugely powerful learning device in our pockets. We were using it for social media purposes and for watching videos and so on. This allowed a switch to the learning on demand era. We now have microlearning and we have access to everything, all the time and everywhere. The limits imposed by courses and CD-ROMs have disappeared.

 

Different technologies and various design processes offer a vast array of possibilities that can be confusing as there are now so many ways of tackling a learning or development issue. We need to think carefully about strategy, whatever the requirement is, and to try and make the LMS even more invisible. It’s no longer a place you go to, take classes and leave; it’s more like a hub devoted to continuous learning. This means we can educate learners on a permanent and ongoing basis.

 

Microlearning vs. Macrolearning

 

Today, we’ve moved away from providing courses and now break content down into small units; in other words, microlearning versus macrolearning. For example, if I need help right away and only have 3 minutes, all I need is my smartphone to view a PDF file or TED talk, regardless of the format. I decide what’s useful for me on the spur of the moment, and this is what we call microlearning.
Macrolearning can still be useful however. We may need to develop a specific skill such as coding or a new language. In this case, the need isn’t immediate, we’ll devote time to it and it will require a linear and structured multimedia format.
Our strategies should therefore include both approaches.

 

Learning by doing

 

According to a survey conducted in the UK by Jane Hart which asked people in their workplace to rate different forms of learning from “Very important” to “Not important”, the top result for the most valued format was learning on the job. This was followed by knowledge sharing within the team, and then web searches. At the bottom of the list, the learning formats considered less useful included classroom learning, conferences and other professional events, and e-learning.
We need to bear in mind that learners want formats that are short, don’t interrupt their workflow and are easy to share. We should stop producing formal, linear, fixed content and support them by offering useful content. An interesting statistic was published in the United States in 2017: “What is the average time a knowledge worker believes they can devote to training each week?” The answer is just 24 minutes a week. The other problem with time is that we waste a lot of it looking for relevant information. A few years ago, an IDC survey found that people spent an average 9.5 hours a week looking for information, without even necessarily finding it.

 

If you went to university 25 years ago, nothing you learned at that time is relevant today. The manuals are all out of date, everything you learned and that was cutting edge at the time, is completely outmoded. This phenomenon applies to all our past knowledge.

 

Taking responsibility for our learning

 

We’ve all learned a lot of things over the years. It’s not about knowing what you learned yesterday, but what you’ll learn today and tomorrow to keep your knowledge current.
In 2017, The Economist published a report which argued that lifelong learning is an economic imperative. This isn’t just a good idea, it’s essential for keeping our place in the job market. And the younger you are, the more important it is. 61% of those under 30 agreed that they will need to learn new skills throughout their lives.

 

The world is getting a little more complex every day and we need to ask how we can prioritise information and deal with this complexity. To keep your learning pace in synch with the pace of change and competition, we want everyone to be responsible for their learning. According to the statistics I mentioned earlier, most content is irrelevant, and it would take an enormous amount of time to first find it and then filter it. So if people want to drive their own learning and be independent, the service they receive today isn’t optimal. We can do better!

 

Can we become content “curators” or how to select content for continuous learning while learners work at the same time?

 

This involves three steps. If you take away just three words from today, they should definitely be “seek, sense and share“. These three words briefly describe the concept of content curation.

 

  • “Seek” often involves using Google with tools and algorithms for effective searches.
  • “Sense” is primarily about understanding something yourself, being able to assimilate it, first for yourself and then for others.
  • “Share” is about putting content in a place where others can use it. This could be through an app, in an email, on Slack or on your intranet. Wherever you are, don’t limit yourself to a single place. Choose the right place, then create a routine. Do this on a daily basis.

 

This is what we do at Anders Pink. We have a tool that allows us to filter content which we then integrate into learning systems. This is the reason for our partnership with Teach on Mars. By integrating this filtered and updated content into the Teach on Mars platform, learners can keep up to date with any topic, everywhere and all the time.